Signing Up For Meets:
Under the EVENTS tab on our HOME page, you will see a list of meets scheduled for our swim season. Please play close attention to DEADLINES to be sure you do not miss a meet your swimmer qualifies to swim in.
Signing up for meets
There are some meets where your swimmer will be automatically entered in. If this happens, you will receive an email to let you know that he/she has been entered. IF you are NOT able to attend a specific meet, please DECLINE the meet so that we can remove them.
When YOU choose to attend a meet and commit your swimmer, you may also choose his/hers events at that time. If the event times are listed in BLACK, your swimmer qualifies to swim that event. IF the times are listed in RED, your swimmer DOES NOT qualify to swim those events at that specific meet. If you're not certain as to what events to choose, Please talk with his/her coach.
To see the meet information regarding when warm ups start, how many events are allowed per day, meet fees, location of the pool etc., click the name of the meet.
Please be sure that your swimmer receives a good night's rest the night before the meet and eats a healthy dinner. Their swim bag should be packed with two towels, clothes they can wear over their suits (they have a tendency to get cold), healthy snacks between their races and of course, a water bottle. For breakfast, a personal favorite is always a good ole peanut butter sandwich.
You will notice as you start going to meets that veteran swimmers have their events written on their legs or arms. Once you are sent the meet schedule, you can use a sharpie to write your child’s races on their body.
Draw a little graph with an E for EVENTS, H for HEAT, and L for what LANE your swimmer will be swimming. This keeps it a little less chaotic on the pool deck when trying to send kids up to the blocks for their races. Don’t worry, the sharpie will come off!
We ask that the swimmers wear their WOLF SWIM CAPS at the meet; it makes finding them much easier for the coaches (both in the water and on the deck). All new swimmers to the team receive a cap and shirt so they feel and look like part of the team. If you would like to order more caps or shirts, feel free to go on to our WOLF WEAR website at www.wolfwear.org
All meets have a warm-up before the start. It's important that your swimmer is there for the time that is posted for warm-ups, not when the meet actually starts.
Parents are not allowed on the pool deck, but you may go into the locker room to assist them. Once your swimmer enters the pool deck, he/she becomes the coaches responsibility.
Your swimmer will get in the water and complete the warm-up that the coach has chosen. After the warm-up, the team sits together and receives directions as to what's to come.
During the meet it is important that your swimmer learns to stay down on the deck with the coaches and other teammates. The swimmers may go up to the stands in between their races to see you, but must ask permission from their coach beforehand to be sure they're not close to swimming (this is especially true for new swimmers). Swimmers need return back to the pool deck so their coaches can give them their pre-race "talks" and get them up to the starting blocks on time.
Coaches do not have time during the meet to run up into the stands or locker rooms to seek out swimmers. After a swimmer finishes his or her race, they are to go straight to the coaches to receive feedback for that race. Once the coach has finished talking with them, they are free to visit with you.
Once your swimmer has finished all races you are free to leave the meet (you do not have to wait until the entire team is finished swimming). Please make the coach knows when your swimmer is leaving.
Race Times: (editing in progress)
Ultimately swimming is all about times, it is super exciting and great when your swimmers place in their races. However, at this age we look a lot at what times that they are getting in their races and checking to see that they are getting faster and developing their strokes. There are two ways to look at success with your swimmer, number one being what place did they get and two being did their time get any faster.
At meets times are broken up into different categories. These categories are called CH, A, B, C times. All that is really saying is doing is breaking times up by fast, faster, and fastest. They help place the swimmers in races and decide who they will be swimming against, so that the swimmers aren’t discouraged swimming against someone who may be slightly faster than they are. It is also a good motivation for the swimmers, for those who don’t have C times it makes them want to get faster so they can achieve a C time. Same for a swimmer who has a B time, they want to get faster to get an A time. So on and so forth.
We hope that this has answers most of your questions regarding swimming meets, if you ever have any more always feel free to email Lisa or speak with your child’s coach before or after practice!